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GM Brad Treliving is not expecting Czech star Daniel Pribyl to make the Calgary lineup in October.

Treliving is trying to curb the expectations of the 23-year-old and stated that the signing is a two-year project. "He’s still a young player. This is still a two-year project," cautioned Treliving. "I know people will say, ‘Oh, slide him beside Johnny and Mony,’ but I look at this as a two-year commitment right now. It might not be October, and quite frankly, I’m not expecting it to be October that all of a sudden he’s the answer to our prayers. It would be nice, but we look at this as a player who may have to spend time — and who knows how much time — in the minors and grow and develop there." Pribyl was drafted by Montreal in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft but the Habs never signed him, making Pribyl a UFA. He had 16 goals and 45 points in 45 games in the Czech League this season with 11 points in nine playoff games.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 30 - 7:27 AM

Daniel Pribyl has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with Calgary.

It was reported nearly two weeks ago that this would happen, but now it's official. Pribyl came up big in the Czech league this season with 16 goals and 45 points in 45 contests. He had another five goals and 11 points in nine playoff contests.
Apr 29 - 3:30 PM

Colton Orr has announced his retirement.

Orr is hanging up his skates after recording 12 goals, 24 points, and 1,186 penalty minutes in 477 games with the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in his final NHL game on April 11, 2015 and played in 10 games with the AHL's Stockton Heat in 2015-16.
Source: NHLPA.com
Apr 28 - 4:18 PM

Jonas Hiller has agreed to a three-year contract with Swiss League club EHC Biel.

The Flames were not going to re-sign Hiller after he posted a 3.51 goals-against average and an .879 save percentage in 26 games during the 2015-16 season.
Apr 19 - 11:22 AM

Daniel Pribyl will reportedly sign with the Calgary Flames.

Pribyl had 16 goals and 45 points in 45 Czech games in 2015-16. Montreal originally drafted Pribyl with the 168th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but they never ended up signing him so now he can commit to any NHL franchise. Obviously Pribyl has been successful in the Czech league, but he hasn't played in a North American professional league yet, so it remains to be seen how that transition will go.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 18 - 5:45 AM

Johnny Gaudreau would like to improve defensively in 2016-17.

"I think, personally, be better in the defensive zone," Gaudreau said, when asked where he could demand more from himself. "There are a lot of guys, including myself, we have to help our goaltenders out a little bit more." The Flames could certainly use help in that regard as the team allowed more goals than any other in 2015-16. Gaudreau had a great campaign offensively with 30 goals and 78 points in 79 games.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 14 - 8:34 AM

Sam Bennett's rookie season was one with some pretty extreme hot and cold streaks.

"I definitely had a lot of ups and downs," Bennett said. "But I think there’s a bit of a learning curve. I’m happy to have my first year under my belt. Hopefully I can come in next year ready to have a stronger season. For me, (consistency) was my biggest challenge this year. I have to figure out a way to be a lot more consistent." It's not unusual for a young player to have consistency issues so we're not too worried about them as it relates to Bennett. He did have a solid rookie season overall with 18 goals and 36 points in 77 contests.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 13 - 10:40 AM

Flames GM Brad Treliving has termed the 2015-16 campaign as a "failure."

While Treliving can find some positives in the 2015-16 campaign, like the growth of some of the team's younger players, he will be doing a full evaluation of the squad and that includes Flames head coach Bob Hartley. "You don’t have the season we’ve had and not evaluate everything," Treliving said. "In terms of (coaching) changes, that’s something I haven’t contemplated at this point. But from management on down, from the general manager on down, that will all be evaluated starting now." Hartley has served as the Flames' bench boss for four seasons and has a 134-135-25 record with the squad.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 12 - 10:50 AM

The Calgary Flames had by far the worst save percentage in the league at .892.

The next worst was the Carolina Hurricanes, which sat at .902. The good news for the Flames is that they have an opportunity to significantly revamp their goaltending over the summer. Jonas Hiller, Niklas Backstrom, Joni Ortio, and Karri Ramo are all set to become free agents this summer and Ortio is the only one that's a pending RFA. Of course a new goaltender alone won't fix that problem with the Flames, but it has the potential to help significantly.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 11 - 8:45 AM

Oliver Kylington picked up an assist in his NHL debut Saturday.

The defenseman was taken with the last pick in the second round of the 2015 Draft and it was quite a comedown as many pundits had him going in the mid-late first round. Kylington must be determined to show everyone why he deserved to go higher. The talented offensive defenseman is someone to look out for in the coming years.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 10 - 7:53 AM

Brandon Bollig scored on Saturday, no seriously.

Not only did Bollig stay out of the box, he scored his second goal of the season and 10th of career. Too bad that's probably not why you picked him up.
Apr 10 - 2:08 AM

Turner Elson picked up his first career point, an assist, during Saturday's 2-1 win over the Wild.

Simply remarkable, doesn't get much better than that. First game, first point, and he can ride that over the summer. Congratulations to the 23-year-old.
Apr 10 - 2:07 AM

Patrick Sieloff scored his first career goal on Saturday during his NHL debut.

Though the Flames would go on to win 2-1. Simply incredible. You can't write it up any better for the 21-year-old.
Apr 10 - 2:05 AM

Niklas Backstrom beat his former club, the Minnesota Wild, in what is believed to be the final start of his career.

It was vintage Backstrom as he turned away 35 of 36 shots, including all 13 on special teams (11 on the kill). Backstrom finishes his time in Calgary with a 2-2-0 record with 13 goals against.
Apr 10 - 2:03 AM

Sean Monahan left Saturday's match with Minnesota due to an upper body injury.

Monahan skated just 4:16 before departing, and did not factor into the scoresheet. His impressive season will end with 27 goals and a career best 63 points in 80 games.
Apr 9 - 8:36 PM


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